Behind the Bank Spanking

Just a quick one here to address a story that may have gotten lost in the shuffle yesterday afternoon…

It’s been a no-good, terrible few weeks for anything financial and yesterday was just a nail in the coffin for this group.

My friend Halah Touryalai fills us in on what happened at her blog Working Capital:

The Senate rejected a plan to delay regulations that would limit the debit card swipe fees banks charge retailers.

The 54-45 vote today put a halt to bank lobbying groups like the American Bankers Association’s efforts to delay the rule as Senator Durbin scored a victory to maintain a cap on debit card swipe fees set to take effect next month.

The ABA has argued Congress doesn’t fully understand the implications such a rule would have on the industry, retailers, customers and small community banks. But many large retailers are happy with the outcome.

The bank lobbies almost never lose.  I mean, like, never. A sign of things to come as they battle other new reforms and regulations?

Consumers win here as do merchants, credit card processors are the losers.  I have long-term long positions in Visa which was dragged down yesterday (Mastercard too) on this news.

The XLF patch has now officially been declared a disaster zone by FEMA.  I also want you to check out these links on the topic:

Those Silly Little Banks (Upside Trader)

We Should All Feel Bad for Jamie Dimon  (The Pragmatic Capitalist)


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